Category Archives: Pakistan

From 1947 to 2015, Jinnah to Khan

From 1947 to 2015, Jinnah to Khan

“It was 11:59pm on the evening of 13th August 1947 when I heard the news broadcast, spoken by Mustafa Ali Hamdani, that Pakistan had been declared an independent state. It was great success for Muslims of the subcontinent, as we had finally achieved our own independent country. I was waiting for this news for aContinue Reading

In Memory of a Dear Friend and Colleague

In Memory of a Dear Friend and Colleague

I disagreed with him more than any other of my colleagues. I called him “Moulana”, meaning Muslim priest, and he called me “Diversity.” I accused him of being a prey to the Talibanized way of thinking, and he accused me of being a victim of Western ideology. Our disagreements ranged from topics such as big bang vs. genesis, human evolution vs.Continue Reading

The Melodic Sounds of the Rubab

The Melodic Sounds of the Rubab

I love to listen to all kinds of music. Music is an important part of life; a form of expression, thathas no boundaries and no limits. To me, music is like air and I believe we all need it, to relax our soul. As Hans Christian Andersen Said “Where words fail, music speaks”. Yes, musicContinue Reading

Finding Serenity in  Faisal Mosque

Finding Serenity in Faisal Mosque

It’s evening, and I can hear the call of prayer from my house. I know it’s coming from Faisal Mosque, which is only a few minutes’ drive from my house. I suddenly feel the urge to go and offer my evening prayers at this magnificent mosque. I grab my car keys and head in theContinue Reading

Eating Chapli Kababs in Northern Pakistan

Eating Chapli Kababs in Northern Pakistan

“So as long as you have food in your mouth, you have solved all questions for the time being” by Franz Kafka. Well that’s true for me, I agree with Franz Kafka’s statement. A question was stuck in my mind a few days back, and I had no idea as how to find the bestContinue Reading

Weekends in Pakistan – a Trip to Khewra Salt Mines

Weekends in Pakistan – a Trip to Khewra Salt Mines

Time is running The distance of place is like distance of miles We can’t meet with each other But We have hope; to be together with twinkling twinkling smiles Far from dear only weekends make us near Let’s meet; on weekends again Weekends are a blessing from God. Before I continue, I just need toContinue Reading

Aik payali Garam Chai chaheyah (A cup of hot tea is required)

Aik payali Garam Chai chaheyah (A cup of hot tea is required)

Every season has its own joys, colors and festivities, and humans associate various cultural norms and rituals with each one. When we think of Summer, cool and breezy towns/areas, cold drinks and light colors makes us feel cool and help us compete with the scorching heat. In the same way dark colors, hot and warm drinks,Continue Reading

FIFA 2014 football – made in Pakistan

FIFA 2014 football – made in Pakistan

The football World Cup 2014 may be over, but it has cast a spell on its lovers. While I’m sitting writing this article, the Shakira song “La La La”, written for the football champions, is on my mind. When I close my eyes I can see the football ground where the finalists tried their bestContinue Reading

Walking in Islamabad

Walking in Islamabad

Walking is the oldest means of travel. Man is distinguished from other animals because of his ability to walk with an upright gait. For several thousand years, man has also walked for exercise. However, urbanization in most cities of Pakistan has increasingly rendered it difficult to walk smoothly and steadily. Push carts, garbage cans, electricityContinue Reading

Who foots the bill?

Who foots the bill?

“No! You are a guest!” my friend almost shouted. Then, turning to the cashier, he said, “don’t take the money please, he is a guest!” I put the thousand rupee note back into my wallet. Stuffing the wallet into my hip-pocket, I helplessly mumbled, “It’s been a week and still I am a guest?” MyContinue Reading

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